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The leader of Lichfield District Council has said he held an “incredibly productive” meeting with a councillor who had her baby in the room.

Derick Cross

Cllr Doug Pullen made his comments on social media after it emerged a member of his Conservative group had suggested parents should not have children with them during meetings.

Cllr Derick Cross also suggested councillors should be “properly dressed for the occasion of serious business decision-making”.

His comments around elected representatives with children has drawn criticism from other councillors.

Cllr Pullen said on social media that recent experience had shown a baby in the room did not mean decision-making could not take place.

Cllr Cross’ comments have also been branded out-dated by Labour’s Cllr Dave Robertson.

“These are absolutely reprehensible comments from Cllr Cross.

“I am dumbfounded that he can be so out of touch and willing to share views that should have been put to bed decades ago.”

Cllr Dave Robertson, Lichfield District Council

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  1. Can I clarify that when the leader refers to the “baby in the room” does he mean Cllr Cross?

    A bit like elephant in the room, only a whole lot childish and prone to irrational tantrums that just make the culprit look rather stupid?

    Just for clarity, you understand.

  2. Babies cry a lot if hungry,dirty etc if that doesn’t disturb discussion nothing will. Meetings are serious things not for children’s parties.

  3. I’m glad to see that Doug Pullen does not share the outdated views of Councillor Cross. I wonder whether he will share my view that Councillor Cross should, at the very least, make a public apology for his comments and/or stand down as Vice-Chairman of the Council, if not as a Councillor. I, for one, would be very uncomfortable with Councillor Cross continuing as Vice-Chairman, as that usually would lead to him becoming Chairman of the Council next year.

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